How Do I Love September? Let Me Count The Magazines…August 23, 2013
I love thee to the depths of Elle and breadth and height of InStyle…
My soul can reach, when feeling out of Vogue
For the ends of Harper’s Bazaar and ideal Vanity Fair.
I love thee to the level of Glamour’s & W’s
Most quiet need, by People StyleWatch and Marie Claire.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Details
I love thee purely, as they turn from Cosmopolitan tales.
I love thee with a passion GQ
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love, Esquire, I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, — I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! — and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better, New York Magazine, after death.
Yes, I realize I owe Ms. Barrett Browning (and my assistant Angela) an apology for taking liberty with her classic poem (and helping reshape the poem), however, the sentiment is oh-so sincere.
September brings about the hint of autumn, the singular flutter of a yellowing leaf to the ground, depending upon where you live; I live in Mississippi – hence the singular flutter, splashes of oranges and yellows from the pumpkins and fall squash in the markets.
But most important in the world of magazines (ink on paper that is) and magazine media (everything else)– it is that time of year when the crème-de-la-crème of publishing rise to the top with their most extravagant issues of the year.
And for most, September 2013 is offering their biggest editions ever. It’s a celebration of fashion, football and the fall season.
Up first and weighing in at a hefty 902 pages is Vogue. This issue is synonymous with evocative style, beauty and fashion, as only Vogue can do. The content of the magazine is chocked full of visually liberating ads that transport you into a world of haute couture that is both extreme and exhilarating.
Anna Wintour’s letter from the editor begins on page 276, just to drive home the image of the magazine’s thickness in one’s mind. Totally amazing.
Not to be left behind, Harper’s Bazaar proclaims “Biggest Issue Ever” with 598 pages of fashion fun. You’ll find Editor, Glenda Bailey’s letter, on page 206 and in her own words the proud declaration: “Our September Issue, the largest issue in our history.” Certainly, something to exclaim about.
New York Magazine features 208 pages in their fall fashion double issue – and is very noteworthy because the fashion model is sporting a barely-there design (a tattoo) made in collaboration with Marc Jacob’s tattooist – which happens to be the model’s husband.
So what does all this mean? Simply that print magazines still anticipate the seasons the same way we humans do. In fact, it might be fair to say, we anticipate the seasons because of those special magazine issues. With their lush, overflowing-to-the-hilt content, I really can’t think of a reason not to.
So, to September…how do I love thee? Let me count the magazines – and the pages!